Finally, Marvel Makes a Different Movie

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has twenty-eight movies and a very established formula. There are slight variations in each title — Eternal had a quieter intimacy at times, Guardians and Thor: Ragnarok were more playful — but all have a consistent tone across Marvel Studio titles and each one sits somewhere on that scale. Not Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. After the initial 30 minutes, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness becomes the closest thing the MCU has to a horror movie, and the self-aware quirk and honesty fade into something distinctly different. It’s a choice that may alienate some fans. Like the uniformity of the MCU but it’s exciting to see that the well-oiled Marvel machine is willing to take risks when they know what works for them. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness original director Scott Derrickson was on the record because he said he wanted to make it an all-out horror film, and there was certainly a question of how an essentially family-friendly franchise could pull it off. . When Derrickson left the project due to creative differences, hopes for a horror film were made when filmmaker Sam Raimi, who kickstarted the current superhero film dominance with the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man films, was replaced by him. was placed on. Raimi married the terrifying sensibility brought in The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Drag Me to Hell with his love of the wild possibilities of comic books to create a Marvel movie that is expansive, ambitious, and overwhelming. Madness’s daughter-in-law? Yes, it’s a bit crazy. And insanity means it doesn’t always work. There are definitely story and character flaws and it relies more on the CGI-driven set-piece, but it has a loose adventure, a devil-may-care attitude where Raimi and screenwriter Michael Waldron decide to throw everything away. . The fine details of the plot or characters veer dangerously into spoiler territory because there’s so much to spoil — and there are few revelations that are best experienced for the first time in a communal setting. Revel in the gasps and cheers of the crowd, this is part of the ride of the MCU, or as some might call it, the MCU cult. If you care about such things, it’s best to hurry with the screening as these spoilers will be all over the internet as soon as they are released. But it’s safe to admit it’s been in the trailers and clips that have been released so far — the story features magician Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) meeting America Chavez (Xochital Gomez), a young woman who travels between universes. has power. Doctor Strange characters Wong (Benedict Wong), Christine Palmer (Rachel McAdams), Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Nicodemus West (Michael Stuhlberg) all reprise their characters, but they can’t all be versions because you know, the multiverse. . The film also stars second-billed Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), whose emotional state is unstable and her powers expand after her grief-fueled adventures in the WandaVision streaming series. Avengers: Endgame doesn’t function as a standalone film more than any other Marvel film other than Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness—and it’s a frequent criticism of the MCU projects’ juxtaposition, for which audiences are at least half-hearted. -It is necessary to be familiar with about two dozen other titles. Now with a massive release schedule of MCU streaming releases on Disney+, it’s close to three dozen. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is a direct sequel to WandaVision and a cursory scan of the streaming show’s Wikipedia entry isn’t going to make you understand the emotional stakes of this film. One of its strongest points in particular is Olsen’s heavy performance, with a character arc doing almost all the heavy lifting from the perspective, and if you don’t have the full backstory of it, it’s not going to have the same weight and impact. On other levels, Raimi brings many of his visual flourishes to the film, adding recognizable horror elements to some of his work but other classics from the genre’s canon, including Carey. Seeing those tropes within the MCU in this scrappier, less polished entry is legitimately exciting, even if it is exhausting. Rating: 3/5Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters Thursday, May 5

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